Lost in the pregame hype for the Yankees-Rays American League Division Series was this nugget from over the weekend: former New York catcher Francisco Cervelli announced his retirement.
The 34-year-old Cervelli played seven of his 13 MLB seasons with the Yankees, backing up Jorge Posada as the team won its 27th World Series title in 2009.
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Cervelli joined the Yankees as an international free agent out of Venezuela and made his big-league debut in 2008.
Following the 2014 season, general manager Brian Cashman traded Cervelli to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Justin Wilson. In 2018, Cervelli hit a career-high 12 home runs for the Pirates.
Cervelli spent 2019 with the Atlanta Braves. Former Yankees teammate and current Marlins CEO Derek Jeter brought Cervelli to Miami for the 2020 season, where he finished up by playing in 16 games during the coronavirus-shortened 60-game regular season.
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The 37-year-old Brett Gardner is the final member of the 2009 Yankees still playing the Bronx.
Gardner and the Yankees continue the quest for the franchise’s 28th title on Monday with Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Tampa Bay.
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